Ride Me is dedicated to the lifestyle and culture of living Car Free in Portland, Or. Traveling only by bike and public transit is a great way to get around the Rose City.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Grazie Lorenzo!
Vasto Di Mare, Italia
June 13
Standing on the train platform, unsure of where to get on the train from Pescara to Vasto Di Mare, I approached the very large man with hands the size of hams and a jagged scar on the right side of his face.
" Mi scuzzi, come si arriva a treni por Vasto"?, I asked in my best Italian.
" A qui, questo treni a Vasto", he replied with a puzzled look on his face.
After a quick 30 minute ride down the coast we arrived in Vasto Di Mare, about 9:30. Maybe 30 minutes after the local buses stop running. Wandering around the front of the trainstation pondering what to do and where to go, we were approached by the same imposing looking gentleman.
" I have car, where you go?" he asked.
I told him the name of our destination and with a wave of his hand he grunted for us to follow him the to " car"
"Andiamo.."
Carolyn looked nervous, and rightly so this guy looked like an enforcer for the local syndicate, but he had "car" and we needed "ride".
After a quick phone call to the hotel for directions he whisked us away to our destination with a smile and handshake.
Grazie Lorenzo, we would have never made it with out you.

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